April 1642. Sir John Hotham, Governor of Hull, Member for Beverley and owner of most of East Yorkshire is charged by Parliament to secure the arsenal at Hull and deny entry to King Charles I.
If only it were that simple. With a Royalist siege outside the city walls and the rebellion of the mob within, Civil War seems inevitable and losing his head more than probable. And that’s to say nothing of his problems at home – a lovesick daughter, a ghost obsessed with the chinaware, sexually arousing furniture and a wife intent on escape.
Caught between two choices, Honour and Advantage, we join Sir John on frankly the worst day of his life.
Kicking off Hull's year of culture this riotous comedy from award-winning playwright Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors), directed by Phillip Breen with Mark Addy as Sir John Hotham and Caroline Quentin as his fifth wife, Lady Sarah Hotham.
Grant wrote music and lyrics for a whole host of political protest songs and music, performed live every night with passion and zeal by Josh Sneesby, Phill Ward and Adam Jarvis.
Sold out before it even opened at Hull Truck Theatre, The Hypocrite transfers to the RSC's Swan Theatre in March and plays until the end of April 2017.
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"Grant Olding's spine tingling music and lyrics deserve a special mention"
"A world class farce" ***** The I
"Troubadour protest-singers and libidinous utopian Levellers enliven the scene." **** Telegraph
"Richard Bean returns to One Man Two Guvnors form with a brilliantly entertaining new farce."
"Raucously merry piece" **** Guardian
"Ballad singers punctuate the action with punkish protest songs by Grant Olding; at the end, after the cast have pursued their own comically uncivil wars, they gather together for a paean to parliamentary democracy."
"A cartwheeling historical farce." **** The Daily Mail